General intelligence does not help us understand cognitive evolution

Shuker, David M., Barrett, Louise, Dickins, Thomas E. ORCID logoORCID:, Scott-Phillips, Thom C. and Barton, Robert A. (2017) General intelligence does not help us understand cognitive evolution. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40 , e218. ISSN 0140-525X [Article] (doi:10.1017/S0140525X16001771)


Burkart et al. conflate the domain-specificity of cognitive processes with the statistical pattern of variance in behavioural measures that partly reflect those processes. General intelligence is a statistical abstraction, not a cognitive trait, and we argue that the former does not warrant inferences about the nature or evolution of the latter.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Behavioural Biology group
Item ID: 23448
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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 16:55
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